Egg Vase in Blue Lichen Microcrystalline 9.5"H

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Egg Vase in Blue Lichen Microcrystalline 9.5"H

185.00

A classic egg-shaped vase that has been made for three generations of Ben’s family. With an elegant understatement, the Egg Vase is one of the most popular forms that Ben Owen III enjoys creating. The microcrystalline finish includes cobalt and iron pigments to create a truly unique effect. The small crystals are developed by slow cooling the kiln. This Blue Lichen Microcrystalline Egg Vase is fully functional and works well for use with fresh flowers. Measuring 9.5”H x 5.5”W.

Ben Owen Pottery developed the Micro-Crystal Glazes over several years, manipulating materials with the potential to create unique surfaces and patterns that can be seen in nature.  Some outcomes resemble lichen on stone or mold growth on wood.  Other Micro-Crystal Glazes render scenes similar to blue jellyfish floating in still blue waters, a view of a collection of cells through a microscope, or the majestic nebular formations telescopic images portray.  To achieve this rare find, the kiln temperature is meticulously controlled as it rises AND as it falls, to encourage micro-crystal growth at specific temperatures and render this stunning final product. The glaze is applied by carefully airbrushing multiple layers of complementary glazes.  The presence of titanium- and zinc-rich ingredients promotes crystal development, while cobalt tints the crystals blue. Sometimes, iron oxide is used for the background glaze and creates a sky blue/green effect. We hope you enjoy this one-of-a-kind glaze!   

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